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   Trip Planning

Chuck & Virginia in Ireland - 2014
Virginia called me to talk about our trips to Ireland, Jamaica, Switzerland and Singapore and we decided we both wanted to go on the Rhine and see the castles and cities along the river in Germany. We also thought we might be able to spend a day or two in Switzerland before the cruise.

Our Travel Agent Viviane Tondeur suggested we do the extension provided by the Viking Cruise line. If we added days without the setup by Viking, we would lose over a thousand dollars due to the booking of our flight from San Francisco.

Viking gives us a special rate when doing one of their cruises. That money can be used for our next trip!


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   Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Viking Cruise told us we could spend a few days in Basel after flying from San Francisco, pick up at the airport, drive to the hotel, next day a city tour and then transportation to the ship. Cost is only $500 more and we thought after a long flight it would be nice to relax, have dinner and some wine and have a good night sleep before the city tour and transfer to the ship!

*Airport meet and greet transfers included when air is purchased from Viking Cruises.

Day 2 -Tour this fascinating city where three nations converge: Switzerland, France and Germany. Basel’s Old Town is an inviting cluster of medieval buildings spread on a hilly riverbank. You will begin your walking tour there, visiting the Marktplatz, or Market Square, surrounded by guild halls of late Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles. Admire the ornate spires of the Rathaus, or Town Hall, and the thin towers of the 13th-century Romanesque Münster, or Cathedral. Its unusually red sandstone was quarried from the nearby Vosges Mountains in neighboring France. Behind the cathedral, an open terrace affords views of the Rhine River and the traditional cable ferries that use the river’s current carry passengers back and forth. The city’s open air market runs daily here, except Sundays, and is stocked with all kinds of vegetables, fruits and flowers from the surrounding Swiss countryside. You might find a favored local treat, Basler Läckerli cookies.

Day 3 - Welcome to the first day of your cruise. Today is embarkation day, which means after your transfer to the ship, you’ll have time to relax or explore this port on your own. Please navigate to another day to explore your excursion options.


   History of Switzerland

Brief History of Switzerland

Since 1848, the Swiss Confederation has been a federal state of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics.

The early history of the region is tied to that of Alpine culture. Switzerland was inhabited by Gauls and Raetians, and it came under Roman rule in the 1st century BC. Gallo-Roman culture was amalgamated with Germanic influence during Late Antiquity, with the eastern part of Switzerland becoming Alemannic territory. The area of Switzerland was incorporated into the Frankish Empire in the 6th century. In the high medieval period, the eastern part became part of the Duchy of Swabia within the Holy Roman Empire while the western part was part of Burgundy.

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   History of the city of Basel

Brief History of Basel

Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city views, and contains the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. The city’s university houses some of Erasmus’ works.

Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. In 2014, the Basel agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland with a population of 537,100 in 74 municipalities in Switzerland and an additional 53 in neighboring countries (municipal count as of 2000). The official language of Basel is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

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    My Personal Travel Agent

Viviane has set up trips for me to Austria, Morocco, Portugal, Sicily and many other destinations. A top Travel Consultant.

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  Day 1

    Transfer from the airport to a hotel for our stay in Switzerland

Transportation and Hotel in Basel Switzerland

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    Basel Switzerland

A Tour of Basel

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  Day 3

    Viking Cruise Ship

Boarding of the Ship

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